This Sachs-Huret Rival ARIS is a presentable, solidly constructed and reasonably effective unit. It has its cable clamp bolt mounted on a sprung arm - to give what Shimano called a 'light action'.
In fact, compared to a Shimano Light Action derailleur of the time, the Sachs-Huret Rival ARIS was just slightly later to market, just slightly more expensive, just slightly heavier and indexed with just slightly less accuracy. It's cruel to say so, but it was also just slightly uglier.
It's tough competing against a highly capable, 800 pound, gorilla like Shimano.
This example displays the following features:
- It has a long (80mm) pulley cage.
- The outer pulley cage plate has a rounder pusher plate around the guide pulley.
- It has a dark grey finish on its knuckles, light grey outer parallelogram plate and pulley cage plate and white logos, with no 'Touring' word included.
- The pulley bolts take a 4mm Allen key.
- The pulleys are dark grey.
- The cable clamp bolt is a 6mm Allen key item.
- The cable adjuster is 'cubic', black and plastic.
- The rear parallelogram pivot pin on the b-knuckle has no plastic sleeve.
- Derailleur brands: Sachs-Huret
- Categories: Sachs-Huret - the Rival story
- Country: Germany - Bundesrepublik Deutschland, manufactured in France
- Date of introduction: 1987
- Date of this example: 1988 (stamped 1588, week 15 1988)
- Model no.: 41.3T
- Weight: 300g
- Maximum cog: 32 teeth (Sutherlands 6th edition)
- Total capacity: 40 teeth (Sutherlands 6th edition)
- Pulley centre to centre: 80mm
- Index compatibility: 7 speed
- Chain width: 3/32”
- Logic: top normal
- B pivot: sprung
- P pivot: sprung
- Materials: largely steel, with aluminium knuckles